Entering into Forgiveness

Jesus taught forgiveness at the cross

The key to walking in victory is forgiveness.  Every day there is a need to forgive someone something.  People used to walking in forgiveness know to not let someone who cuts in front of their car upset them.  Even well deserved offenses do more damage to us than to the person that caused them.  A well known saying says that taking offense is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to get sick.  It’s not worth it.

We live in a world of intentional and unintentional antagonisms.  Betrayals, lies, false witnesses, verbal backstabbing, aggressive acts, physical violations, sexual violations, and murder all happen – regularly.  With every action, with every choice on the part of the person doing the deed is the recipient.  We all need to forgive.  Sometimes it’s harder than others.  Sometimes we need to forgive ourselves. People may not deserve forgiveness.  But we need to forgive them anyway.

Our model for being godly on earth is Jesus.  He forgave everyone, at every level, who contributed to his unearned abuse.  Jesus forgave each of us, before his time, during his time and after his time.  This is the example we need to follow.  It’s a tall order.  On the other end is the freedom on not carrying the burden of unforgiveness.  People do not get away with their actions.  God sees it all.  When we give him our forgiveness of someone, He takes up the role of dealing with the person.  They may choose to ignore God’s dealings with them.  There is a cost when anyone does this.  Ultimately there is a cost.  God is a fair God.  It may not seem like it.  But if we knew what God knows from His perspective, we would probably be in agreement with Him.  I’ve learned that it’s better to get on agreement with what He knows rather than trying to get God to get in agreement with what I know.

When we give something to God for Him to deal with, it allows us to walk away free.  Forgiveness let us walk into freedom.  As Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”  Luke 23:34

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